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Habitat AmeriCorps Positions To Aid Local Habitat For Humanity With Its Volunteer, Family Services

 

Last updated 7/27/2021 at 9:07am

Courtney Dunham

The shortage of safe, decent and affordable housing was already at crisis levels prior to the pandemic. Now, the situation is far worse, according to a news release from Transylvania Habitat for Humanity. Home and land prices have skyrocketed since the pandemic, leaving few affordable housing options for low-income families.

With funds awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Dogwood Health Trust, Transylvania Habitat for Humanity is looking to fill one Habitat AmeriCorp position in construction crew leader-ship as Habitat strives to meet the housing needs of individuals and families earning 40% – 80% of the area median income.

Two positions are filled for volunteer services, by Stephanie Imperato, and family services, by Courtney Dunham. Both Imperato and Dunham will travel from New York to work in Brevard for one year in an effort to help families struggling with unsafe and unaffordable housing situations.

"These are uncertain times for many families in our community," said Angie Hunter, executive director of Transylvania Habitat for Humanity. "The addition of these new AmeriCorps positions will allow us to increase our ability to meet the growing demand for affordable housing."

AmeriCorps members apply for and serve full-time for at least a year at local Habitat organizations across the country. They are paid a stipend for their service and can qualify for health care and a service completion bonus.

Stephanie Imperato

This is Transylvania Habitat for Humanity's first year participating in the program thanks to grant funding from the Dogwood Health Trust.

Habitat AmeriCorps members have been serving communities across the country for over 25 years. Since the program's inception in 1994, more than 11,256 AmeriCorps members have worked with Habitat to serve more than 122,758 individuals, engaging more than 4.2 million volunteers and raising tens of millions of dollars to meet the housing needs of families in the U.S. To learn more about Habitat AmeriCorps and how to get involved, visit http://www.habitat.org/americorps.

For more information about Transylvania Habitat for Humanity, visit http://www.transylvaniahabitat.org.

 
 

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